CATHOLIC INDEPENDENTS & ISSUES IN THE 2004 ELECTIONS
In June 2004, Catholics for a Free Choice commissioned a survey of Catholic voters from Belden Russonello & Stewart. The survey included 2,239 Catholics who are likely voters, including an oversample of Hispanic Catholics (366 total Hispanics). Detailed below are findings on where Independent Catholics stand on social issues and the 2004 Election.
Who are Independent Catholics?
Independent Catholics are more likely to be male (54%), and 63% are under the age of 50. Ninety-one percent report being born in the United States; 85% are white, 10% are Hispanic/Latino, and 3% are Asian or Pacific Islander. Sixty-four percent are married. Independent Catholics are more apt to live in the Northeast (32%) and the Midwest (28%) than the South (24%) and West (22%). Independent Catholics are a close match for all Catholics in income and education. Fifty-two percent earn more than $50,000 annually (all Catholics: 51%), and Independent Catholics are on par with all Catholics in making more than $75,000 (28%). They parallel all Catholics as 35% have a 4-year college or advanced degree (all Catholics: 37%), while 28% of both Independents and all Catholics have a high school education or less.
Less than a third of Independent Catholics are politically active; 27% have volunteered for, donated to, or contacted a political official or candidate. More than half (57%) favor giving economic assistance to other countries.
Thirty-seven percent of Independent Catholics attend Mass at least
once a week (all Catholics: 39%); 49% report going to church a few times
a year and 13% never go to church. Among all Catholics, 36% attend Mass
a few times a year and 11% never go to church.
Independent Catholics and Abortion
Do you generally think of yourself as prolife or prochoice on abortion?
Independent Catholics and Stem Cell Research
Do you support or oppose allowing scientists to use stem cells
obtained from very early human embryos to find cures for diseases
such as Alzheimer’s,
diabetes, and Parkinson’s?
Independent Catholics and Tax Cuts
Do you support or oppose canceling some of the federal tax cuts and
using the money to protect Social Security and improve Medicare? To
improve public education?
If the presidential election were held today, would you vote for the
Republican President George W. Bush, the Democrat John Kerry, or are
Independent Catholics, Bishops and Communion
Do you believe voters who are Catholic have a religious obligation
to vote against candidates who support legal abortion? Do you believe
politicians who are Catholic have a religious obligation to vote on
issues the way Catholic bishops recommend?
Do you approve or disapprove of Catholic bishops denying communion
to Catholics who support abortion? To politicians who are Catholic and
support legal abortion?
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